ACTIVE Triathlon Holiday Gift Guide: Gear and Accessories
Ogio Endurance 9.0$160 1 of 25
With a helmet storage area, structured sunglass case, extra large main compartment and water bottle compartments, the Ogio 9.0 Athletic Bag has enough room to carry all your swimming, biking and running gear to T1 efficiently and more organized. Better yet, the ventilated areas will keep your damp post-race wetsuit and tri kit smelling fresh for the car ride home.
Wahoo Fitness RPM, Blue SC, ELEMNT GPS Computer$50, $60, $330 2 of 25
Data drives performance, right? Wahoo Fitness has an entire line of cycling tools designed to provide you with reliable data, whether you're on the bike course of an IRONMAN or a training ride at home. The ELEMNT GPS bike computer is Wahoo's first foray into the GPS market--pair with the Blue SC speed and cadence sensor or RPM cadence sensor for ultimate connectivity.
BlackBurn AirTower Shop Floor Pump$110 3 of 25
A floor pump is one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment in a triathlete's arsenal. The AirTower Shop Floor Pump is a professional-caliber pump with an AnyValve system--perfect for switching between presta, Schrader and Dunlop valves. Plus, it just looks, feels and works great.
Giro Synthe MIPS, Louis Garneau P-09 Aero Helmet$270, $350 4 of 25
There's a fine line between safety and performance, and the Synthe MIPS and P-09 aero helmets fit the bill. The Synthe helmet features MIPS technology that provides more protection in headfirst crashes, and its compact design and vents keep weight and rider temperature down. The P-09 aero helmet features an aerodynamic shape and includes an optional integrated lens system designed to save time on the bike course.
Recon Jet, LOOK KEO 2 Max Blade$500, $200 5 of 25
Flat black, stealthy, techy and aero? Sounds like parts on the Batmobile.
The Recon Jet is a revolutionary new interactive pair of sunglasses that instantly displays GPS, sensor and smartphone data in a built-in display. The KEO 2 Max Blade pedals feature Look's classic wide platform for increased power transfer and the integrated blade technology is more aerodynamic--perfect for triathletes.
Specialized Trivent SC, Louis Garneau Tri X Speed II, Shimano TR9, Pearl Izumi Tri Fly V Carbon$275, $120, $200, $180 6 of 25
With such a wide variety on the market, it can be tough to choose a pair of triathlon cycling shoes. These offerings from Specialized, LG, Shimano and Pearl Izumi are lightweight and packed with features, making them perfect for anything from your first sprint triathlon to an IRONMAN. And yes, leave your socks off until the run.
Triathlon!, Against the Wind$40, $25 7 of 25
If you aren't training or racing, you're probably reading about, watching or talking about it. "Triathlon!" by Matthew Baird is a tribute to the sport, with photos of gear, athletes and races from the inception of triathlon to present day.
"Against the Wind," by Lee DiPietro, is a personal story of how her extensive endurance experience taught her valuable lessons when her husband was diagnosed with cancer.
Profile Design Canta Ergo Drop Bar, T5+ Carbon Aerobars$325, $240 8 of 25
Every triathlete loves getting coal (aka carbon) in his or her stocking, and Profile Design's Canta Ergo Drop Bars are a great upgrade for your training bike. Their lightweight design, ergonomic shape and vibration dampening properties make long training rides more comfortable.
Haven't upgraded to a traditional triathlon bike yet? The T5+ Carbon Aerobars can attach to your existing road bike drop bars and save you precious time on the bike course.
Soleus GPS Fly, Garmin Edge 25, Polar V800, Polar V650$100, $170, $450, $250 9 of 25
GPS cycling computers and multisport watches have gotten smaller, more accurate and less expensive over the years. It may be time to retire the classic magnetic bike computer and venture into a more data-driven approach. These four are tried-and-true options--from the smallest GPS-enabled cycling computer to an affordable and reliable running watch.
XLAB Aero TT System, Nathan AP Pro, Profile Design FC Hydration System$70, $75, $100 10 of 25
While classic water bottles are practical, they have a substantial aero penalty on 70.3 and 140.6 distance races. Whether you prefer an aero bottle in the usual down tube position or mounted up on the aero bars, these systems will save you time on your next bike leg and keep you hydrated.
Nathan Hyper SpeedFeed Box, PRO Aerofuel Tri Cage Saddle Mount$30, $35 11 of 25
Optimizing storage and hydration is important for long-distance training and racing. The Hyper SpeedFeed Box mounts on the top tube and the clear, magnetic flap makes finding the right gel easier. The Aerofuel Tri Cage Saddle Mount allows you to store water bottles, a tube and a CO2 system behind the saddle in a simple and aerodynamic setup.
Incipio iPhone Cases, Nathan SonicBoom Armband$25-$45 12 of 25
While crashing on the bike or dropping your cell phone isn't ideal, it's best to be protected--especially if you're on a ride or run away from home. The Incipio line of iPhone cases vary in protection levels, and both Nathan and Incipio offer iPhone armbands for days on the trail.
Barracuda Defogger, Silicone EarPlugs$5 13 of 25
We're getting back to basics here. These inexpensive items are often overlooked, but each can make a world of difference when heading out for a swim. The Defogger and Silicone earplugs from Barracuda are a training and race-day necessity all triathletes will appreciate.
Nathan Lightbender RX, Assorted Lock Laces$30, $8 14 of 25
Winter is coming, but don't let the lack of sunlight be an excuse to miss an important training run. The Lightbender RX is a lightweight LED armband with three different color modes and light pattern settings. The Nathan Lock Laces are a more reflective (and easier to use) alternative to traditional laces, and they can save you valuable time in T2.
Barracuda Hand Paddles, Aqua Sphere Alpha Fins$14, $37 15 of 25
Although swimming can be done with minimal gear, there are a few training tools all triathletes need in their quiver. The Barracuda Hand Paddles improve stroke mechanics and are great for resistance and strength training in the pool. The Aqua Sphere Alpha Fins are made with foam, not rubber, so they're more comfortable and buoyant--perfect for improving your body position.
Reynolds 58/72 Aero Mixed Set$2,830 16 of 25
A new wheelset will yield the biggest net time gain and is one of the easiest upgrades for your bike. Although it's on the pricey side, the Reynolds 58/72 Aero wheelset has the lateral stiffness and aerodynamics needed to give you the edge you've been looking for. The mid-depth front wheel will improve your confidence in the crosswind, and the deep rear profile maximizes aero efficiency.
XLAB Gear Box Kit$60 17 of 25
Without a classic three-pocket jersey, it can be tough to figure out where to store all your repair tools. XLAB kept the racing triathlete in mind with the Gear Box Kit--a storage case that fits in a water bottle cage and houses all the essentials. A tri tool kit, speed chuck inflator, two CO2 cartridges, a patch kit and two tire levers are included.
Nathan LightSpeed Pak, XLAB Race Belt, Body Glide Sunscreen Balm$30, $12, $10 18 of 25
Missing a few race day essentials? The Nathan LightSpeed Pak is a classic race belt with onboard storage for emergency gels and salt tablets. If you don't need the extra space, the XLAB Race Belt is a standard setup with a twist--instead of a cord system, you can attach the race bib with corrosion free snaps. Lastly, the Body Glide Suncreen Balm is a quick and mess-free way to apply sunscreen, even as you're shuffling around during a transition.
Nathan SpeedDraw Plus BlackLight, Peak Waist Pak$35, $40 19 of 25
Completing an unsupported 15-mile training run can be limited by your access to water. Hip or hand placement is personal preference, but Nathan's Peak Waist Pak and SpeedDraw Plus hold 18 ounces of water and have zippered pockets to store small items. The BlackLight edition is ultra-reflective, perfect for increasing visibility on those pre-dawn and dusk runs.
Moji Mini Pro, Moji Curve Pro$30, $50 20 of 25
Aches and pains are synonymous with triathlon. Moji has developed a line of hand-held massagers designed to target problem areas by loosening sore muscles and breaking up scar tissue. Additionally, each can be put in the freezer for a post-workout ice massage.
Swim Goggles, Assorted$20-$50 21 of 25
Polarized or non-polarized lenses? Dark tint or clear? Small or large profile? Every triathlete has his or her own preference for training and race day. These new goggles from ROKA, Barracuda, Finis and Aqua Sphere cover all the bases.
RPM2 Performance Footbed$629 22 of 25
RPM2 is the world's first cycling and running footbed power meter and is revolutionizing the way runners approach running mechanics and form. Although on the pricey side, the information could reap dividends on your next run leg.
TriDot Training SystemVaries 23 of 25
Looking to gain a competitive edge this triathlon season? The TriDot Triathlon Training System combines your personal biometrics with their database of triathlete performance metrics. Their patents-pending technology mines this information to uncover hidden insight and reveal underlying data patterns that optimize and personalize your training program. It's an approach that produces better results in less training time.
ISM PS 1.0$225 24 of 25
ISM has created anatomical and comfortable saddles designed to preserve blood flow, eliminate numbness and improve performance. And with a new naming system, it's even easier to find the right saddle for your needs. We personally like the PS 1.0 the most, and it works flawlessly for iron-distance events.